PainRelief.com Interview with: Maryann Mason, PhD Department of Emergency Medicine Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine Buehler Center for Health Policy and Economics, Northwestern University, Chicago, Illinois
PainRelief.com: What is the background for this study?
Response: This study came about because we were looking at data for Cook County, Illinois and saw an increase in older adult opioid overdose deaths. That made us wonder if there was a national trend or the observation was limited to our local area. We undertook the research to determine that and found that it is indeed a national phenomenon.
PainRelief.com Interview with: Victoria D. Powell, MD, FACP Clinical Lecturer – Geriatric and Palliative Medicine University of Michigan Staff Physician, Palliative Care LTC Charles S. Kettles VA Medical Center Ann Arbor, MI
PainRelief.com: What is the background for this study? What are the main findings?
Response: People with chronic pain who use long-term opioids face a number of health risks, and often do not have optimally controlled pain.
Buprenorphine acts on the opioid receptor with a different effect than drugs like morphine or oxycodone, and as a result is less associated with the risks of long-term opioid use, such as accidental overdose. While buprenorphine has been successfully used in patients with opioid use disorder for several years, certain experts have proposed using buprenorphine for pain management in people with chronic pain. We found low quality evidence supporting pain control that may be superior to traditional opioids, but much more research is needed to confirm.
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